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September 15, 2013

Sports Illustrated swimsuit supermodels to co-host South Beach Wine & Food's Q with Michael Symon

Klum-carlsWhile you don't normally associate supermodels with face-stuffing food festivals, the South Beach Wine and Food Festival will do just that when Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition's 50th anniversary issue is celebrated on Thursday, February 20th 2014 at the fest's signature Q event hosted by Food Network's Iron Chef and The Chew co-host, chef Michael Symon.  Taking place behind the Delano, the Model Q (our name, not theirs) will feature over 30 chefs including Robert Irvine, Harold Dieterle, Paul Kahan, Marc Murphy, Chris Santos and Norman Van Aken, all paired with over 20 top models whose faces won't be revealed until February 18.  We asked festival founder Lee Schrager what inspired this unlikely collaboration and he said, "Who says models don't eat and enjoy great food and champagne? We plan to show that these gorgeous gals enjoy a food festival as much as any foodie." And while Schrager was unable to leak any of the models' names, he did say "What I do know is quite a few of them love to cook." Tickets for the event, whose official name is a mouthful--- Moët Hennessy's The Q hosted by Michael Symon featuring the 2014 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Models---are on sale on the festival's website, launching Monday at www.sobefest.com, are $300 per person or $400 per person VIP, which includes early access to the gawk--er, event.